Is your skin in need of rejuvenation? Are you bothered by age/sun spots, broken capillaries, or just the overall appearance of your skin? The Lumenis® M22™ provides an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment — also known as a Photofacial treatment — designed to gently and effectively treat a wide range of skin conditions. The IPL treatment uses high-intensity pulses of light to penetrate the skin and trigger your natural healing process for smoother, healthier, more refreshed looking skin. The IPL module uses SapphireCool Light Guides to provide continuous cooling to maximize patient comfort during the procedure. Finally, the Lumenis M22 uses optimal pulse technology to further reduce treatment tenderness while maximizing results.
The IPL module has been proven safe and effective method of minimizing the appearance of and treating various skin conditions, including:
- Skin discoloration and blemishes (sun/age spots and freckles)
- Visible signs of aging
- Spider veins or broken capillaries
- Pigmented lesions
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rough skin texture
- Large pores
- Skin irregularities
Why Should I Get IPL Treatment?
We all love the outdoors. Unfortunately, our skin often pays the price as the damaging UV light rays cause cumulative damage. Sunblock is effective at reducing it, but many people still notice the sun damage, including, brown spots and discoloration, rough skin texture, wrinkles and lines, new unsightly blood vessels, and redness. As we age and lose collagen, the skin becomes even less resilient to sun damage, showing signs that were not evident in youth.
Fortunately, treatments such as an IPL Photofacial is a great way to address these issues. Just like teeth cleaning is necessary to keep your teeth healthy and white, with regular treatments, IPL is a great way to keep your complexion radiant and youthful.
M22 IPL (Photofacial) treatments are simultaneously gentle and very effective. After you have completed the treatment plan that you and Dr. Levin establish during your consultation, you can have one session of IPL (Photofacial) annually as maintenance, if you choose to.
Your results will last longer if you take good care of your skin because while IPL treats existing skin problems, it doesn’t prevent new ones from developing. Therefore it is imperative to continue using a good antioxidant and sunscreen, as well as avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
How Does M22 IPL Technology Work?
IPL photo-rejuvenation technology treats pigmentation and vascular imperfections, while improving your skin’s overall appearance. Lumenis IPL with optimal pulse technology lets Dr. Levin customize your treatment to your skin type and the results you want.
Light pulses move through the skin, creating heat and targeting skin imperfections in a controlled way. The treated area then flakes off when your body goes through its natural and constant process of exfoliation. At the same time, collagen and elastic fibers are stimulated, which results in a visible improvement of your skin’s tone and overall appearance.
Who is a Good Candidate for Lumenis M22 IPL (Photofacial) Treatment?
You’re a good candidate for IPL (Photofacial) treatment if you are looking to reduce visible signs of aging or if you are bothered by skin discoloration caused by:
- Sun damage
- Other pigment problems like broken capillaries and rosacea
Lumenis treatments are developed by laser medical experts, and all treatments, including M22 IPL (Photofacial), are FDA-approved and clinically proven to get results. Advanced technology allows your clinician to adjust the settings according to your skin type, skin color, and the specific skin treatment you choose.
Your IPL (Photofacial) treatment should not take more than 45 minutes. You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to your skin, but the treatment is very gentle.
For 2 to 24 hours, you may feel and see your skin flushing. Sometimes patients experience some swelling, depending on how sensitive their skin is. Freckles and hyper-pigmented lesions will turn darker and look dry for four to seven days and then start flaking off gradually and naturally. If you have a vascular lesion that is treated, you may develop some bruising, which is more common when vascular lesions are treated off face areas.
The normal recovery period varies between two and five days, depending on your skin sensitivity and the treatment performed, but you can expect to see a substantial difference in hyper-pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, and your overall skin texture within one week of treatment.
For some conditions, it may take a few sessions to see the best results. In general, the heavier your skin blemishes, the more treatments you’ll need.